Free Sinopharm vaccine for 1,000 seniors at Healthway clinics from Sept 8

SINGAPORE – Seniors who prefer the Sinopharm vaccine can have their vaccinations free at Healthway clinics from Wednesday (Sept 8). The medical group has tied up with OUE to sponsor full vaccination for 1,000 seniors aged 60 and above.

“This initiative is in support of the Government’s efforts to boost Covid-19 vaccination take-up rate among seniors who are at higher risk of falling critically ill if they are infected,” Healthway Medical Corporation said in a statement on Tuesday.

Seniors aged 60 and above can register online for the free vaccination and those who have previously registered their interest with Healthway have been invited to book their appointments. The age cut off is Sept 1 this year.

The Sinopharm vaccine will be rolled out at Healthway GP clinics in the coming weeks, starting with three clinics on Wednesday.

The vaccine is administered in two doses given three to four weeks apart. It is approved for use for anyone aged 18 years and above with no history of anaphylaxis and who is not pregnant. Two doses of the vaccine cost $99 at Healthway.

Unlike Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty and Moderna that are mRNA vaccines, Sinopharm uses an inactivated virus and it isreported to have a 79 per cent efficacy rate, Healthway said, citing the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Singapore allows private healthcare providers to bring in the Sinopharm vaccine as it is on the WHO Emergency Use Listing, Healthway added.

“Through this initiative, we hope to contribute to the national effort to get as many people vaccinated as possible, especially our seniors, who are more at risk,” said Abram Suhardiman, executive director and deputy chief executive of Healthway.

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